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Halloween Spider Cookies

These Halloween spider cookies are super fun to make and really tasty! A chocolate sugar cookie topped with delicious buttercream and a lindor truffle spider! YUM!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 345kcal
Author Lisa


Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 14 tbs unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk

Orange Buttercream

  • ½ cup butter cold and cut into chunks
  • 5-7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • Neon Orange food gel coloring

Other Items

  • Black sparkle edible gel*
  • ½ cup chocolate frosting store bought or homemade
  • 24 lindor dark chocolate truffle
  • 24 chocolate covered blueberries
  • Toothpick


Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick mats.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
    Mix all dry ingredients
  • In a different large bowl, beat together the melted butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Mix in the espresso powder, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk. Slowly add the flour mixture, and stir until completely combined.
    Combine wet and dry ingredients to form dough
  • Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough into your hands, and roll into balls. Then roll each ball in sugar to coat it completely. Place on your baking sheet, and press down each dough ball slightly with the bottom of a glass. Space each cookie about 2-3 inches apart.
    Flatten Cookies
  • Bake until the cookies are set and have cracks on the edges and top, 8-10 minutes. Then allow to cool completely.
    Cookies baked

How to make Orange Buttercream:

  • In a mixer whip the butter until it is fluffy. Add in the vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
  • Add in powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream. Alternating between the two. I like to add in 1 cup of powder sugar followed by 2 tbs of heavy whipping cream, let it combine and then add the next round of powdered sugar and heavy cream.
  • Once everything is added, mix on high for 20-30 seconds. Then add in the orange food gel and mix on medium low until full incorporated.

How to make Halloween Spider Cookies:

  • Make a half batch of my easy chocolate frosting if using homemade otherwise use store bought.
    Chocolate Frosting on a wooden spoon
  • To decorate simply frost a nice layer of the orange buttercream onto each cookie.
    Adding a nice layer of orange colored buttercream
  • Then make a web by using the black gel to make three circles and then drag a toothpick from the center out crossing the black lines.
    Drag a toothpick through the circles to create lines and a web effect
  • Place a Lindor truffle in the center of the web and add a chocolate covered blueberry for the head.
    add a chocolate covered blueberry for the head
  • Using the chocolate frosting and a piping bag or a little baggie with corner cut off, pipe on the 8 spider legs.
    pipe on little chocolate legs
  • Enjoy!
    Halloween Spider Cookies close up



Tips and Tricks
  • If you don't have espresso powder for the cookies you can use coffee instead or just omit completely. 
  • I bought the black food gel at my local grocery store but you can use black frosting as well.
  • I did use chocolate frosting from the store for this since I knew I wasn’t using a ton of the frosting and didn’t feel like making my own. However, whip up a half batch of my chocolate frosting if you want homemade.
  • Nutrition info will be off due to the amount of frosting you use to frost the cookies will vary, and doesn't account for the Lindor Truffle or chocolate covered blueberry. 


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg